MIAMI, F.L. — Willie Dishon Matthew Obadiah, 32, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom to 235 months in prison today for sex trafficking a minor.
Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Miami Field Office, and Juan J. Perez, Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) made the announcement.
According to the court record, including the factual proffer in support of the defendant’s guilty plea, in February 2019, Obadiah met the minor victim through Facebook, and communicated with her via Facebook Messenger and text messages. At the time, both Obadiah and the minor victim lived in North Carolina, where he was already prostituting women.
Through his communications with the victim, Obadiah learned that she was a minor. In fact, he asked her to send a photograph of her identification card to him. When he saw her age on the photograph, he sent her a message stating that he wished she had a “fake id” instead.
Obadiah continued to communicate with the minor victim online, and learned that she was a runaway. While she was on the run, Obadiah agreed to pick up the minor victim. Shortly thereafter, he began prostituting the minor victim at various hotels, initially in North Carolina and then in Miami.
Obadiah told the minor victim how much to charge for sex acts, how to deal with customers or “johns,” and what rules to abide by. Obadiah posted advertisements online for the minor victim, to which customers responded. Obadiah drove the minor victim to South Florida after a few days, where he prostituted her at hotels in Miami. The minor victim ran away from Obadiah, who returned to North Carolina, where he continued to prostitute women. He was arrested on April 19, 2019 by the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department.
In rendering the sentence imposed, Judge Bloom considered the significant mental and physical trauma incurred by the minor victim as a result of Obadiah’s crime. A restitution hearing has been scheduled for February 28, 2020.